Three different routes
There will be three different technical tour itineraries that will be assigned upon preferences and availability. The participants can choose among the green, the white and the red route described below.
The green route will take the participants to the Fucino Space Center, the largest civil space centre in the world and to the Ferrari farm, an hydroponic farm.
- Fucino Space Center:
Telespazio`s Space Centre in Fucino (L`Aquila) has been active since 1963 and today, with its 170 antennas and 370,000 square metres, it is recognized as the first and most important "teleport" in the world for civilian use.
It carries out in-orbit satellite control and telecommunications, television and multimedia services. Operational logistics and field services are active in support to the services provided.
It employs 250 workers including engineers, specialist technicians and operational staff.
Fucino hosts the Control Centre of the COSMO-SkyMed Earth observation satellite constellation and one of the Control Centres (GCC) that manage the European Galileo satellite positioning and navigation system.
- Ferrari farm
Ferrari Farm is a new generation farm that cultivates 100% organic in open field (orchard and garden with also spices and herbs) and hydroponically in new generation sealed sterile greenhouses (only plant in Europe), from which derives the i-Farm products using a modern transformation line.
Ferrari Farm is located on a hill in a property of about 12 hectares, overlooking Lake Salto.
Peculiarity of the Ferrari Farm are the hydroponic plants which are unique for different reasons: totally computer controlled (from seeding to harvest), totally sealed (no exchange with external environment), totally sterile (more than a surgery clean habitat) and 1 of the 3 greenhouses is also LED lighted (no external needs of light). With this kind of plants it could be possible to cultivate all over the world (from cold to hot) but also outside our planet, inside the ISS or on other planets, in order to add a fresh food diet to the astronauts
Choosing the white itinerary, the participants will first visit Elitaliana, an helicopter company operating in the field of medical emergency, then they will visit the SICRAL, an Italy’s satellite system for military communications, and finally they will go to the museum of flight in Vigna di Valle.
Elitaliana is the oldest Italian Helicopter Company currently active. Founded in 1964, its history has gained extensive experience in all the areas that see the helicopter`s protagonist.
One of the most representative activities is th employment of helicopters in Air Medical Emergency Services, such as SAR (Search and Rescue), H.E.M.S. (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Secondary Transport of Assisted Patients, Transport of Organs and Transfer of Medical Equipments involved in organ trapping and transplanting activities.
Elitaliana base in Rome, called Fonte di Papa consists of four buildings for a total 1,500 sqm. The area surrounding the buildings has allowed the creation of a H24 operating surface of the mt size. 26.5 x mt. 26.5 plus a convenient maneuvering area and a helicopter stop of approximately 8,000 sq. M. At Fonte di Papa is also the base of ARES 118 in Rome, the airborne emergency health service, with operations 24/7.
- The SICRAL:
SICRAL (Italian System for Secure Communications and Alerts), is Italy’s satellite system for military communications, boasting unprecedented flexibility and versatility. The system allows interoperability between the networks of Defence, law enforcement and civil emergency agencies, and those responsible for the management of strategic infrastructure.
The SICRAL programme improves military satellite communications capacity for strategic and tactical links in Italy and for out-of-area operations, with terrestrial, naval and air platforms assured until 2030 with the launch of new satellites.
- Museum of flight
The Museum of flight located in Vigna di Valle, occupies the structures that belonged to the Aeronautical Experimental Center and then, until 1945, to the Experimental Centre for seaplanes and naval armament. It became then the site of a department maritime fighters and then of a search and rescue group. The museum, in addition to aircraft and engines representing the evolution of Air Force in Italy, houses important collections of photographic equipment, radio equipment, weapons, equipment of individual and collective board. Finally, you can admire numerous objects and relics related to aeronautics most of which come from private collections.
participants who will follow the red route will first visit Pratica di Mare AFB to see the Italian equipment for aeromedical isolation and evacuation of highly infectious patients and will then visit the Museum "Piana delle Orme".
- Aeromedical Isolation Team:
Patients affected by highly contagious diseases, often require care and treatment that are difficult to find on the site of the infection. The best life expectancy can only be provided by specialized centers on infectious diseases located far away from the place of infection, frequently in other Countries. Transportation to these centers, however, implies a high risk of infection and can be done only after taking proper precautions.For this reason, Italy has set up an aero-medical isolation team trained and equipped with the appropriate equipment to carry out this type of air transport.
- Museum "Piana delle Orme"
PianadelleOrme is a Museum park realised within the grounds of an Agricultural Tourism business accommodating one of the biggest and varied collections existing today. Dedicated to the twentieth century, the museum complex represents a journey throughout fifty years of Italian history. More than 50 thousand square meters distributed in a series of themed pavilions tell the story of the traditions, culture and civilization of the peasants and farmers, the enormous operation of the reclamation of the Pontina Marshes, the battles of the Second World War, and the dawn of the great industrialisation through an enormous collection of vehicles, together with collections of toys and toy soldiers with which children from that period enjoyed themselves. The scenography of the museum, the impressiveness of the collections, with the special effects, reproduction of the odors,the sensation of exploring history, make a visit to PianadelleOrme a unique and informative experience.
Because of differences in the collections the museum had been organised into two different routes.
THE AGRICULTURAL ROUTE which includes the following Pavilions:
• Toys and models from time gone by (1 pavilion);
• Reclamation of the Pontina Marshes (2 pavilions);
• Agricultural Vehicles from the beginning of last century (1 pavilion);
• Rural Life (2 pavilions).
THE WAR ROUTE were the pavilions are dedicated to the following themes:
• Deportation and Internment (1 pavilion);
• Vehicles from the period of the war (1 pavilion);
• From El Alamein to Messina and Salerno (2 pavilions);
• The Anzio landings (1 pavilion);
• The battle of Cassino (1 pavilion);
• Civilian adaptation of vehicles remaining from war use (1 pavilion).
A complete visit lasts about 5 hours, due to time limitation only the war route will be visited by our participants.